At the Parish Council meeting held on 29th March that was attended by five Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle-Morris and three parishioners the following was considered.

Co-option to the Parish Council:  Mr Mark Greene was co-opted onto the Parish Council.  There is now a full complement of Councillors.

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council raised no objection to the erection of a garden room extension to the bungalow at Windy Ridges Primrose

Farm Water End Lane.  The Parish Council also raised no objection to the proposed residential development (10 dwellings) on land off Herne Lane but requested that the new dwellings be moved further away from the existing bungalow on Herne Lane and that a legal agreement be agreed to provide a footway from the site to the Primary School and that no further development would be undertaken on that site.

Decisions: Permission had been granted for the conversion of kennel block to agricultural workers dwelling at The Bungalow Drury Square.

Bench on The Green: It is anticipated that this will be sited shortly as Breckland Council have basically given permission for this to be installed and it is intended to site this next to the village sign.  At the same time it is hoped that all the remaining items on The Green will be sited together.

The Ploughshare Public House: The meeting was informed there had been a leaflet drop of about 1000 homes and 110 people had attended a meeting which had outlined the procedure to raise the finances to purchase the public house.  A committee had been formed to take forward the purchase of the Ploughshare.  There are five main areas of responsibility on the committee and there is still time for people to become involved on one of these sub-committees.  All who had attended will be kept informed by bulletins.

Millennium Lakes: The Parish Council is keen to utilise the field to the rear of the lakes for the benefit of the parish.  A suggestion has been to convert this area into allotments.  If any parishioner is interested in having an    allotment would they please contact the Clerk on 01362 861112.

Retirement of The Clerk.  The Clerk will be retiring on 31st May and if there is any person who wishes to be considered would they please send their      application with C.V. to the Chairman, Julian Farrall, at Forge Cottage, Syers Lane, Beeston by 26th April.  Interviews will take place on 9th May.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 26th April to follow the Annual Parish Meeting that will commence at 7:00pm  in the village hall.

Monthly Meetings: to which all parishioners are welcome, are normally held in the village hall commencing at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of the month but the venue and start time could be subject to change in any monthPlease consult the Notice Board or contact the Clerk on 01362 861112.  Planning applications will be available for viewing by parishioners from 7:15 p.m.

The full minutes are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or on the Beeston website.

Bryan Leigh

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